Challenge Fund’s project “Broad Class-Listen to Learn” received an international recognition by winning first award in the Global Development Award Competition 2016 for the Most Innovative Development project.
Focusing on improving learning outcomes of school children in the early grades in numeracy and English language the pilot project used a unique idea of combining radio broadcasts with interactive class room activities.
The award competition through Global Development Network (GDN) received 337 expression of interest from 59 developing countries and finally, 271 submissions were received. After a rigorous multi-stage review process three finalists were chosen to compete for the innovative development award category at GDN’s 17th Annual Global Development Conference held in Peru in March 2016. Fakhira Anjum, the Managing Director of the implementing organization , Power99 Foundation received the award .The other two finalists of category were : Medika (Indonesia) for Garbage clinical Insurance and Mountain societies development Support Program (Kargystan) for Vegetable Value Chain .
Implemented in Haripur district of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa the project involved 8,860 children of 165 schools, 4370 members of parents and community members and 591 teachers and government officials for a duration of 18 months during 2014 and 2015. It was initiated with a grant from SNG Programme’s Challenge Fund, though it has since received ﬁnancial support from other donors as well.
The UNESCO Fact Sheet of September 2015 has reported this pilot project as the only teaching innovation in Pakistan that has delivered impact.